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The Goat Horn (1972)

Kozijat rog (original title)
The film sends us to the 17th century when Bulgaria was a part of the Ottoman Empire. Four hoodlums break into the house of the shepherd Karaivan, raping and killing his wife in full view ... See full summary »

Director:

Metodi Andonov

Writer:

Nikolai Haitov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katya Paskaleva Katya Paskaleva ... Maria
Anton Gorchev Anton Gorchev ... Karaivan
Milen Penev Milen Penev ... Ovcharyat
Todor Kolev Todor Kolev ... Deli
Kliment Denchev Kliment Denchev ... Turchin
Stefan Mavrodiyev Stefan Mavrodiyev ... Mustafa
Nevena Andonova Nevena Andonova ... Maria kato malka
Marin Yanev Marin Yanev ... Nasilnik
Krasimira Petrova Krasimira Petrova ... Lyubimata na Mustafa
Ivan Obretenov Ivan Obretenov
Andrey Mihaylov Andrey Mihaylov
Prodan Nonchev Prodan Nonchev
Iliya Georgiev Iliya Georgiev
Tzanko Petrov Tzanko Petrov
Petar Bozhilov Petar Bozhilov
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Storyline

The film sends us to the 17th century when Bulgaria was a part of the Ottoman Empire. Four hoodlums break into the house of the shepherd Karaivan, raping and killing his wife in full view of their little girl, Maria. Karaivan decides to take the law into his own hands and becomes enslaved by his violent wish for revenge. He burns their house with his wife's body inside and abandons the gentle life they had shared, choosing instead to take his daughter to live in a rough hut high in the hills. He raises Maria as a boy, training her to fight so that she can kill in cold blood and help her father avenge her mother's murder. Nine years pass before the two locate and kill three of the four perpetrators. At each body they leave a goat horn as the symbol of their revenge. While on a mission to kill the last one at his rich oriental house, Maria becomes the unwitting witness of a love scene and change comes over her. Now, from time to time she secretly dons a beautiful women dress and exults ... Written by Georgi Djulgerov <georgidjul1943@gmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Bulgaria

Language:

Bulgarian

Release Date:

14 February 1972 (Bulgaria) See more »

Also Known As:

The Goat Horn See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bulgarian submission for the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category, in 1973. See more »

Goofs

At c.33 minutes the corpse is face down when it lands in the grave. In the next shot its position has changed to face upwards. See more »

Connections

Referenced in I Spit on Your Grave (1978) See more »

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The authors denounce violence against human nature and defend the right to personal freedom
25 September 2004 | by majorSee all my reviews

One of outstanding Bulgarian films, One of the best screen versions of a short stories by Nikolai Haitov. This film is at once a parable and tragedy revealing by mean of lean dialogue and great dramatic tension the cruel history of Karaivan and his daughter Maria. The filmmakers - screenwriter Nikolai Haitov, director Metodi Andonov, cinematographer Dimo Kolarov, production designer Konstantin Dzhidrov,theme song written and performed by Mariya Neykova and at last, but not at least - the main actors Anton Gorcheb and Katya Paskaleva - denounce violence against human nature and defend the right to personal freedom. Katya Paskaleva played brilliantly two main female characters - this one of the mother and second one of Maria. After this film she became a great Bulgarian movie star.


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